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The Red Sox are stealing bases with incredible proficiency

Boston has a perfect stolen base percentage at Fenway Park this season.

Can the Red Sox keep up their pace with stolen base percentage? Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

The Red Sox have been incredibly difficult to catch on the base paths this season.

Boston has the highest stolen base percentage in MLB at 88.2 percent, which has produced a fifth-best 45 steals. The Texas Rangers have the second-highest stolen base percentage at 80.8 percent.

The Sox have been caught stealing a league-low six times, and are tied with the Orioles, who only have 11 steals this season. If Boston maintains this pace, their stolen base percentage would be the highest total in at least the last 17 years among all MLB teams. During that 17-year span, the next best performances have been the 2007 Phillies (87.9 percent) and the 2013 Red Sox (86.6 percent).


Boston is 22-for-22 in stolen base attempts at Fenway Park this season. Against right-handed pitchers, they have 36 steals on 41 attempts. They have completed 9 of 10 steal attempts against lefties.

The Sox’ prolific and proficient base running has been a team effort, as 11 players have steals. Mookie Betts is tied for the 12th-most steals in MLB with 11, and Xander Bogaerts is tied for 19th with nine steals.

The Sox had an outstanding 21 steals in April/March, but slowed their pace considerably by stealing 14 in May. So far in June, Boston has stolen 10 bases.

Salvador PerezCaleb Joseph, Francisco Pena, Kurt Suzuki, Yan Gomes, and A.J. Pierzynski deserve a pat on the back. They’re the only catchers to catch the Sox stealing during the 2016 season.


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